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11-Year-Old Arrested For Threatening His Own Bullies

11-year-old arrested, bullied, criminal threat, riverbend elementary, gay news, gay blog
Menace to society?

After a year and a half of being bullied by classmates at Riverbend Elementary in Yuba City, California, Brenton Peraita and his parents had complained to the school more than fifty times. The 11-year-old’s glasses had been broken, and he was routinely called names like “fag” and “homo.” His school was either unable or unwilling to step in and protect their student.

Brenton, at his wit’s end, reportedly said “I wish I had a gun” while at school one day. He was then called into the principal’s office and promptly arrested for making criminal threats.

To be fair, three of Brenton’s peers were also issued police citations for their bullying, but it was Brenton alone who is being charged with the more serious crime.

A representative for the school, Bruce Morton, told reporters, “We understand that it does happen, and we’re not going to say it doesn’t. Let’s be realistic. But I will tell you when I heard ‘a year and a half and there were ’50 times,’ I can tell you that number is way out of whack.”

Seriously? The school’s defense is that Brenton is a liar? Look, kids embellish. It happens. But if Riverbend Elementary’s students reported a single instance of bullying, the school had an obligation to step in and both mediate and protect. The fact that Brenton reported a plurality of incidents, any plurality, is just straight up dumbfounding. For the record, we’re going to believe the 11-year-old boy here who has been facing relentless bullying over a school desperately trying to protect itself instead of their ward.

Nobody is saying Brenton should have talked about gun violence, but again, he was only talking about violence. His bullies, and his school had been serving him up daily doses of it for over a tenth of his life. If Brenton is facing down criminal charges, the school had better be as well.

Are you upset to hear that a child left to defend himself is was arrested for being bullied?

  • What is not reported is who called the police? Who heard him say this and was there an actual threat? It is not illegal to own a gun, it is not illegal to wish you had one. Now if he said, I wish I or someone else would take a gun and blow your nuts off so you would be emasculated, well then perhaps that might be an issue. It’s just a wish though, not a threat. I know that when I was in grade school ions ago I was bullied and everyday I wished I had a gun and the courage to do something with it.

    I definitely wish I had some kind of weapon against the torture of the Philadelphia Catholic School system in which I grew up. We all wish we could fight back.

    The bottom line is the school turned away from a cry for help. The principal is a coward and a liar. I wish he would lose his job. Whoever reported this incident to the police should be ashamed of themselves because apparently they never did a thing to help in the previous 50 times this kid was in danger. I wish they could experience what dickwad hypocrites they are.

    I wish more people would do what is right, stand up and protect our children. Not to do so is a disgrace beyond measure.

  • Justice Calo Reign

    How is it possible for him to get arrested for saying “he wish he had a gun”? Doesn’t the 2nd amendment make that statement legal? What do you expect a little kid to say when the people in authority won’t protect him and he fears bodily harm. My mother almost shut down our entire school district when I punched a kid in third grad for calling me a “n-word.” This is ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.. what can we do to help this little one out?

  • Justice Calo Reign

    this is the reason I want to get Positive State of Mind Management into the schools. This kid was fed up, and didn’t have the skills to keep his anger from going to the point of making threats…

  • I was a sophomore in high school, and I was studying alternate religious beliefs, and I was carrying a Quran at school for reading. I was told by another student I was, and I quote, “going to get shot for carrying that around.” I reported it but the principal only made him apologize to me. My step daughter has been bullied multiple times and the school only stepped in once my partner, her biological father, got involved. This is ridiculous and it needs to stop!

  • I was a sophomore in high school, and I was studying alternate religious beliefs, and I was carrying a Quran at school for reading. I was told by another student I was, and I quote, “going to get shot for carrying that around.” I reported it but the principal only made him apologize to me. My step daughter has been bullied multiple times and the school only stepped in once my partner, her biological father, got involved. This is ridiculous and it needs to stop!

  • I was bullied/sexually harassed all through high school and made many reports of it to the Principal. My Mom even went to Albany about it and my Principal was reprimanded for it.. then she threatened me afterwards that if she heard another complaint from me and my “trouble making mother” I was going to be expelled.. so I was punished not the bullies, the Principal was a bully as well. HS was hell.

    This school is just trying to cover their asses and make the bullied kid the bad guy. Gotta love it.

  • Ashley Valencia

    I am very upset. They won’t help us and then they punish us for protecting ourselves. It’s a disconcerting pattern.

  • Debra Wilson

    This boy is being punished for wishing he had a way to protect himself. I’m not saying shooting anyone is a good idea, its not, but it was a wish. We all say things like that. Hell, I’ve said I wished I drove a bus so I could run down one of me ex’s in the street, but I’d never do it.

    The school had every chance (over and over again it sounds like) to step in and protect this boy. Measures against the other students could and should have been taken. But no… instead they’ll ignore it, let things escalate, and then say the victim is a liar and punish him instead. See anything wrong here?

    Sounds like about a billion rape cases to me. The victim is at fault, let’s punich them instead of the real culprit.

  • Justin

    Why are people defending him? Yes, he’s a kid, but that doesn’t take away from the gravity of guns and violence at school. The comments are trying to be story toppers. Enough. We’re supposed to be proud and strong. Why are we allowing AND condoning this. Threats and violence are acts of weakness. Malcolm X originally advocated violence, but once he saw the consequences of violence and the power of peace, he changed and became a major advocate for peace and integration. We should be helping each other cope and become stronger, not accepting violence. What will keep us from becoming like those small, radical militant groups?

  • Justin

    Why are you guys defending him? Yeah, he’s a kid, but that doesn’t detract from the severity of the situation. He admits that he did it, he admits that it was a threat, and now he wants sympathy. I’m sorry, but bullying isn’t an isolated incident, it’s not just gays and lesbians, it’s not just blacks or Hispanics, it’s a thing common among all kids. To condone this is to condone every act of violence taken against bullies. We need look no further than Columbine. They were bullied, they didn’t just say the words, they fulfilled their promise. We chastised Palin and shouted out when the Arizona shooting happened because her words were violent and a catalyst for harm. Is this kids action not the same? If we allow him to make a threat, then it was OK for Palin to say what she did. It’s time we become proud and united and help one another instead of accepting things like this to happen. Pride and respect will get us further than violence ever will. I’d rather be fighting for my rights my entire life than be feared for taking them by extreme means.

  • Kelly González

    Outrageous. I feel for this kid. He had no way to defend himself, and was at his wits end. One comment and he gets arrested. Everybody calling him a fag and it’s cool. Total bullcrap.

  • Jp

    Actually, they can do stuff like that. My younger brother had a serious problem with being bullied in high school, even by teachers. At one point, his math teacher (while right in front of my brother) told another student, “Don’t sit next to David; he’s toxic.” David threw his hands up in the air and said, “Man, I wish sometimes the school would just blow up.” The school had him arrested and tried to charge him with a second-degree felony. Luckily, the judge was reasonable and let him off with a misdemeanor. Oh yes, and the teacher in question even perjured herself on the stand. After the sentencing, she asked to be put on the stand, and claimed that David had threatened to kill her. She was apparently personally trying to get him sentenced with something greater than his community service. Nothing’s been done to the teacher, although my mother is still considering suing her and the school.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, he shouldn’t be making threats and the school had a right to punish him in some way, but why were the other kids never punished for bullying him?

  • Yes and no.

    Yes, it’s irresponsible for us to condone his words. Yes, he should take the high ground and try to deal with his bullying in a mature fashion.

    That being said… you /did/ see the part where he’s 11, right? And that he’s been tortured (bullying is just another word for torture, ask any bullied youth) at school over the last year and a half?

    We should be praising the fact that it was only words, and not actions, that got him in trouble. A less composed, less mature youth might’ve actually sought to get his hands on a gun, and thus, another Columbine. His words were reckless, but he’s 11 and was under emotional (and likely physical, given the descriptions of the bullying) strain.

    We shouldn’t act like this is acceptable… but to punish him for being human and cracking under this treatment seems more than a little harsh, especially when the people who drove him to this point are tsk’d at and he’s looking at time in juvy.

  • Now that Brenton Peraita has been arrested, handcuffed, booked, fingerprinted, mugshotted, and locked up in a jail cell, he now has a permanent stain on his reputation that will haunt him for the rest of his life, just because he tried to defend himself in a misguided way. As far as I can make out about this situation, whatever of a childhood Brenton Peraita may have had, has been destroyed by his being bullied and then having been arrested and jailed.